Easy Rolling Means with MazamaRollUtils

Our goal in creating a new package of C++ rolling functions is to build up a suite of functions useful in environmental time series analysis. We want these functions to be available in a neutral environment with no underlying data model. The functions are as straightforward to use as is reasonably possible with a target audience of data analysts at any level of R expertise.

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Beautiful Maps with MazamaSpatialPlots

Many of us have become addicted to The NY Times COVID maps — maps of US state or county level data colored by cases, vaccinations, per capita infections, etc. While recreating maps like these in R is possible, it is disappointingly difficult. The just released MazamaSpatialPlots R package takes a first stab at remedying this situation.

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Using R – Calling C code ‘Hello World!’

One of the reasons that R has so much functionality is that people have incorporated a lot of academic code written in C, C++, Fortran and Java into various packages.  Libraries written in these languages are often both robust and fast.  If you are using R to support people in a particular field, you may be called upon to incorporate some outside code into your R environment.  Unfortunately, much of the documentation on how to do this is written at a very high level.  In this post we will distil some of the available information on calling C code from R into three “Hello World” examples.

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Logging and error handling in operational systems

Operational systems, by definition, need to work without human input. Systems are considered “operational” after they have ben thoroughly tested and shown to work properly with a variety of input.

However, no software is perfect and no real-world system operates with 100% availability or 100% consistent input. Things occasionally go wrong – perhaps intermittently. In a situation with occasional failures it is vitally important to have good logging and error handling. The MazamaCoreUtils R package helps with these tasks.

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When k-means clustering fails

Letting the computer automatically find groupings in data is incredibly powerful and is at the heart of “data mining” and “machine learning”. One of the most widely used methods for clustering data is k-means clustering. Unfortunately, k-means clustering can fail spectacularly as in the example below.

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Methow Valley Air Quality

Mazama Science has released a new set of tutorials demonstrating the use of air quality R packages to investigate data from regulatory monitors and low-cost sensors. This post is just a short summary of what the tutorials cover. We invite anyone interested in wildfire smoke and air quality to run through the tutorials and provide feedback.

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